Houston Grand Opera

Young Artists' Vocal Academy (YAVA) Application 2021

This application closed on Friday February 26, 2021.


REMINDER - Deadline for applicants is February 23, 2021. To keep in touch with developments, please join our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/hgostudio. Thank you for applying to HGO's Young Artists Vocal Academy.

Please contact Jamie Gelfand at studio@houstongrandopera.org with any questions regarding this application. For technical help, please contact help@yaptracker.com.


You are required to have two references complete online recommendation forms. One of your recommendations must come from your voice teacher. Your second recommendation should be from a music professional. The deadline for recommendations is March 2, 2021. if you have questions about the online recommendation process, please view the help menu.

Number required: 2. Allowed method(s): Online.

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Personal Information

This information is for data purposes only and will not be used in the YAVA selection process. You may select multiple options.
We offer two one-week sessions of YAVA. Please select which YAVA week you are applying for. Number of selections required: 1.
Note that YAVA is only open to singers who have not yet started their masters degree.

Contact Information

No spaces, dashes etc. phone number fields

Education and Training

Video Recordings

Please upload two separate video recordings to YouTube and submit the copied links below.

We understand that making videos is challenging, especially with the current pandemic. You do not need to purchase recording equipment for these videos. Recording on a phone or computer is allowed. You may also use a pre-recorded track instead of a live pianist. Please follow all protocols your school has put in place when making your video; this includes wearing a mask if required. If you have any questions about making your recordings or need a recommendation for a pianist to make tracks, please reach out to Jamie at studio@houstongrandopera.org.

Please be sure that your YouTube video privacy setting is set to Public. If you would prefer to keep your video setting as Private, please be sure to share your video as an Unlisted video. For how to share an unlisted video, please go to: http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=157177.

Please watch your submitted video before completing your application to check that it was uploaded properly
. If it's not working, it's likely that you didn't enter the proper link. See YAP Tracker help for instructions.

Videos must be listed a "public" or "unlisted" in the YouTube video settings.

Number of selections required: 2.

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Please upload a pdf copy of your resume.
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HEADSHOT: Files must be less than 2MB and in the .jpg/.jpeg format. Your filename must contain your full name and may not contain any special characters (ampersands, apostrophes, etc.)
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